Luigi Cassinelli Photographer


Self-portrait, 2015 - Fuji FB3000B

I was born in 1962 and was raised in Milan, Italy. From 1988 to 1989, I served as an officer in the Italian Army. In 1990, I earned my Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. After graduating from university, I worked as an engineer in the fields of logistics and energy management. During this time, my job required me to travel often to the Far East; there, I built up my first photographic portfolio.

In 1995, I decided to leave my executive career and become a photographer, leaving Italy for London, in search of assignments. I contacted the art director of the Sunday Times Magazine, who introduced me to the fashion director. She was intrigued by my reportage work and introduced me to a luxury brand; from that contact I got my first job in the fashion industry.

Since then, I have lived in London, Milan, and New York. From locations on every continent, I completed 345 assignments for fashion brands and magazines.

My clients’ list includes: Adrienne Vittadini, Alviero Martini, Amanda Wakeley, American Eagle Outfitters, Annabella RCS, Aurelia PR, Burda Verlag, Charlotte Russe, Chicago Magazine Fashion, Cosmopolitan Italia, Cosmopolitan USA, Cotton Belt, Elle Italia, Grazia Mondadori, Io Donna RCS, Kiton, Luciano Barbera, Maliparmi, Marella Max Mara Group, Marie Claire Australia, Michael Kors, Myself Italia, Red UK, Stefanel, Style RCS, Tatler, Condé Nast Traveller UK, Vanity Fair UK, Vogue Australia, Vogue Gioiello.

2012 was a pivotal year. I assessed that for my new clientele retouching what I had seen through my lens was becoming more valuable than recording it. I decided to focus on my own projects, starting by reviewing my archive, my experience, and the core of my photographic exploration. It was at this time that I started the draft of "The Photographer's Choice," my assessment on the essence of photography based on an empirical analysis.

In 2014, I founded Materia et Lumen, an independent publishing company dedicated to certify authentic photographic work.

In 2015, I published The Photographer's Choice.

In 2017, I founded, a website that publishes the work of contributing photographers and of supporters who abide by the Materia et Lumen Criterion.

I live in the United States with my wife and daughter.